Composed of three islets of volcanic origin, Ilha Deserta sit just off the coast of Morocco, roughly between the Madeira and Canary islands. Classified as a nature preserve since the 1990s, these islands shelter both rare and native species. The archipelago's major attraction remains its population of about two dozen monk seals, widely regarded as the rarest seals in the world. Due to the islands' barren soil and arid climate, the only other wildlife surviving here consists of about 15 species of birds and a scarce population of feral goats, rabbits, and rodents. The easiest access to the islands is by guided boat tour, which you can join in the port city of Faro. Put Ilha Deserta and other Faro attractions into our Faro online travel planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
Tours To Ilha Deserta
Half-day Ria Formosa Natural Park Faro Islands Boat Cruise from Faro BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $45
Duration: 5 hours
Ilha Deserta and Farol Island: a small group boat trip in Ria Formosa from Faro BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $28
Duration: 3 hours
Speed Boat Tour - Ria Formosa BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $20
Duration: 1 to 2 hours
Ilha Deserta Reviews
I came here on a trip with Islands 4 You, a guided tour on a boat. It was low season, and there was a limited number of people on the island. I could imagine in the summer it is packed with people... more »
A calm boat trip looking the birds , a almost desert beach, a different Algarve. And a beautiful restaurant with amazing food. more »
Took a ferry here. Best day spent in Portugal! Beautiful sand and ocean. I’ve never seen so many seashells!
Incredible deserted island. We went in January and the weather was stunning. There is only one building on the island and that is a restaurant(quite pricy). But for the experience of ferry ride and quiet island I am definitely giving 5 ⭐️ Must go if you are visiting Faro and looking for special experience.
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